KOLD News 13
On Thursday Dec. 4, the Pima County Board of Supervisors approved a $9.6 million increase in funding to the contract with Haydon Building Corp for the construction of Kino South Sports Complex .
The approved funding will benefit the project’s first phase of improvements, which includes development of a regional tournament complex adequate for long-field sports such as soccer, football and rugby, and a separate area for pickleball.
About two dozen community members attended Tuesday’s meeting to voice their support for the expansion citing the need for professional-grade fields to host regional and national tournaments. Most represented existing user groups of the facility, including the Arizona Soccer Association, Gotham Soccer League, Pima Community College, the Tucson Association of Realtors Soccer Shootout, FC Tucson, the University of Arizona, the Pima County Junior Soccer League, the Tucson Sugar Skulls, the Pickleball Ambassadors and Visit Tucson. Many of them spoke to the benefits this expansion would bring to local sport users, who currently have to travel out of Tucson for tournaments and regular play, and also the economic impact it would have on the region.